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Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of traffic deaths

Distracted drivers caused nearly 8,600 crashes last year in Georgia.

That number comes from the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association which is teaming up with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety to promote April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

State Troopers said distracted driving is one of the leading causes of traffic deaths.

“Playing with the radio, messing with the air condition, dealing with the kids acting up in the backseat, eating and driving, putting on make-up while your driving. All of those things are part of distracted driving and it's that split second you take your eyes off the road that could result in a tragic event,” said Trooper First Class David Fretwell, Georgia State.

That lawyers group says nearly 4,000 people are killed and 421,000 injured every year in crashes caused by distracted drivers.

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